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The Bible says, “In the beginning God…” It doesn’t tell us what, or who God is. It doesn’t tell us where God came from. It simply begins by introducing us to a God. But, this God is a complete mystery.
Who is God? What is God? Beginning with the story of creation the Bible begins to slowly reveal God to us. He is first introduced as the creator. But who is God?
In a previous study, we have already shown why we can accept that there is a God. We said that God has chosen His works of creation to testify to the fact that He exists. But we did not talk about what God has chosen to testify about who He is.
So I want us to ask this question: Who is God?
There are a lot of religions in the world. There are a lot of things called god. But who is God? Who can tell us how to know God?
The first step in finding God is to look for Him. We have already said in the first study that God made all things.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
So a simple process of elimination can conclude anything created is not God. No idol, no imagination of man, and nothing a man may have come up with on his own can be God.
In short, only the creator, sustainer of life, and the one who can end it if He so chooses is God.
With that said it stands to reason that we can only know who God is if God Himself chooses to let us find Him. Because we are not strong enough to grab and pull Him to us, nor are we smart enough to trap Him. If He wishes to remain a mystery then He will remain as such.
So knowing those things we will begin our search.
We begin with the understanding that God must show Himself to us if we can ever hope to know Him. So God must want us to know Him if we are to ever get anywhere. But how can He let us know Him? How can God show Himself to us in a way that is without question?
If we were to see a flame in the noontime sky that shines brighter than the sun could we be sure it was God? If we hear a voice shout like thunder would we know it is God? Or, may it be a created angel? This is why God does not always show Himself in this way. It is because this would never be enough proof in the first place.
What proof would be enough?
If God is the causeless cause then He must be eternal. He must have created all, sustain all, and judge all. Then He must also be able to tell us the end before there is a beginning. God (since He must not be bound by time) must be able to declare things that have not happened yet with 100% accuracy.
Not only that, but He must also be able to make it happen no matter how impossible it may seem. For example, who ever heard of a virgin giving birth to a child? What about foretelling it to happen at a certain time, in a certain place, to a certain bloodline, and all centuries before it happened?
If you look in the book of Daniel chapter 11 you will find an entire chapter that you can follow history with verse by verse. And, the book was written long before these things came to pass. In fact, in that same verse it tells us when Jesus would come on the scene to save us.
The wise men in the Bible were astrologers. The star they saw wasn’t some magical thing. It was a star that they waited on to know when the time was at hand for Jesus to come. They knew that from the prophecy Jesus would be born around the same time that this star could be seen.
The prophecies in the Bible about Jesus alone are incredibly detailed and they were fulfilled as written, with the exception of events to come at His return. But we also have prophecy fulfilled 100% as it related to the Jews and their exile. We have prophecy fulfilled through the entire Bible! Clearly if this is our test then the God of the Bible has passed it!
6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
In this single set of verses in the Bible God declares that He alone is God and that He can prove it.
Any so called god that is not able to offer us a view of the end from the beginning with 100% accuracy is not God. How many religions in the world have a God that does that? The answer is only one.
Now, since we have already talked about the God of the Bible we may as well begin by examining the claims made there.
If the God of the Bible is not able to show that He is the one true God, then we need to continue our search. But if He is able to do so then we will have no need to look further. So in the next few studies, we will begin to examine the Bible, its history, its claims, and its accuracy.
Unit 1:3 – Is the Bible the Word of God OR
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